SPECIAL DELIVERY from C4K for 4 OKCPS Track Teams!
Spring has officially sprung in OKC and track season is already in full swing across the metro. Every day thousands of student athletes lace up to train for their favorite events at practice and C4K is excited to have a front row seat through the return of our Simon Greiner Track & Field Program. The Simon Greiner Program is a collaborative effort with Fields & Futures, The Greiner Family, and Red Coyote Running & Fitness that seeks to increase participation in cross country and track and field in OKCPS.
For the second year we've been able to equip teams from four OKCPS high schools (John Marshall High School, Northwest Classen High School, US Grant High School and Harding Charter Prep) with 159 brand new trainers and 183 brand new running spikes from New Balance Running. A total of 171 high school runners were impacted by this program this year alone!
Excitement was high at the four distributions held earlier this month. The athletes had been waiting patiently for their trainers and spikes to arrive after being sized by Red Coyote team members at special fitting events held in February. The Red Coyote team provided an amazing experience at these sessions - from making sure the students felt confident in the fit of their shoe to showing them the easiest way to put on the tighter-fitting running spike. All of the students on these teams were excited to get on the field and get training!
"Running is a great way to get active and it's really exciting to encourage these kids to get out there and train with their team," explained C4K Executive Director Stacy McDaniel. "The success of this partnership really shows how much of an impact we can have when we link arms and work together!"
This season's distribution events were also a perfect time to introduce the athletes to our partners from Fields & Futures, including new Director of Running - Brittany Hall! A seasoned runner, Brittany will be present at practices and meets throughout the season to provide support to the athletes and coaches.
The entire board and staff of C4K wants to wish all the athletes in our Simon Greiner Track & Field Program a fantastic season! Also a huge thank you to our collaborators and the support they provide these students - because of them we've been able to empower kids through sports!
See more photos from the Distribution Events below!